Police want more DNA testing of criminal suspects

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The police think more DNA tests should be taken to convict serious crimes according to Swedish police's National Operations Department (NOA).

The office thinks more crimes could be solved through the greater collection of DNA.

Håkan Wall, department manager at the NOA, says it can be difficult to determine whether a person should have the inside of their cheeks swabbed to get a DNA sample or not.

He says police need to decide early on whether a DNA sample is merited which can be hard to do at the beginning of an investigation.

It is estimated that 25,000 and 30,000 DNA samples are taken by police each year.

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